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Super Pop!: Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make It Through the Holidays
     

Super Pop!: Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make It Through the Holidays

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by Daniel Harmon
 

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Super-Pop offers a maximum-pleasure, minimum-effort way to become smarter, happier, and more likely to survive your next family function (or a shark attack). This hilarious and wide-ranging guide sorts nearly 500 different bestsellers, blockbusters, and underappreciated gems into quirky top ten lists, like “Outwit Death: Essential Lessons in

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Super-Pop offers a maximum-pleasure, minimum-effort way to become smarter, happier, and more likely to survive your next family function (or a shark attack). This hilarious and wide-ranging guide sorts nearly 500 different bestsellers, blockbusters, and underappreciated gems into quirky top ten lists, like “Outwit Death: Essential Lessons in Survival,” and “Achieve Mindfulness: Movies That Will Show You the Way (With Wise Elders Now Included).”  So whether you’re looking for some motivational workout music, need help planning a July 4th double feature, or just want to pick up some knowledge without straining your brain, this book has you covered. With new insights on old classics and fresh ideas for jaded eyes, Super Pop makes sense of pop culture – and then puts pop culture back to work!

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
IndieFab Award Finalist
 
Super Pop is as snappy as its title—a wonderful gateway to broadened horizons for current and future pop culture obsessives.”
—Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Magazine, television critic
 
“Thanks to Super Pop, you’ll never be caught without a pop culture recommendation—or ten—to fit every social setting (and fill many weekday nights at home as well).”
—Ethan Alter, Television Without Pity, film critic
 
Super Pop is the Holy Grail for ALL your social and antisocial needs. Daniel Harmon’s book is smarter than your average bear, funnier than your average LOLcat, and more useful than a dozen remote controls. In a top ten list of the top ten “top ten” books, Super Pop goes straight to number one.”
—Nancy Holder, New York Times bestselling author of Buffy: The Making of a Slayer
 
“This book of annotated lists reads like an effective study guide for your next trivia night…(the) content is actually far more substantial than first impressions would imply…This is a go-to resource for teens looking to bone up on pop culture, sound interesting at a party, or craft the perfect playlist for a workout.” —Booklist
 
“For anyone who has ever felt the slightest bit deficient in their pop-culture expertise, here is the ultimate guide, guaranteed to fill any void….The bizarre choices will prompt many double takes and lots of laughter….A weird, witty, endlessly entertaining compendium for the budding pop-culture aficionado.” —Kirkus Reviews

"This book is terrific fun just for browsing purposes. But as a source of potential teaching / discussion / writing ideas, it’s downright invaluable." —Peter Gutierrez, "Connect the Pop," School Library Journal blog

"Super Pop bursts with titillating pop cultural tidbits and trivia . . . Author Daniel Harmon’s intent when he wrote Super Pop was to go beyond the usual lists of movies, books, and trivia, that Harmon calls 'unsurprising' and create exciting lists that spark the imagination, and 'go beyond the old standard and a few new staples.' Super Pop achieves this with flying colors." —ForeWord Reviews

"Highly intriguing...Harmon envisions a world where his audience will take these recommendations, discover new things, and add to the cultural archive with their own lists and recommendations. In this way, everyone will have an investment in keeping artifacts of pop culture from 'slipping through the cracks,' as he put it. 'I did not intend these lists to be an endpoint,' Harmon said, 'but rather a beginning.'" —Flavorwire

VOYA - Charla Hollingsworth
Super Pop contains forty-five top ten lists divided into four categories. Each list is comprised of books, movies, songs, television programs, websites, podcasts, and other popular culture items from the 1500s to the 2010s. The five categories into which the lists are grouped are: Be More Interesting, Get Smart(er), Stop Doing It Wrong, Find Happiness, and Survive the Holidays. The entries in each list are described in detail, as is their relationship to the other entries on the respective list. Many pre-teens and young adults enjoy books of trivia like the Guinness Book of World Records or Ripley's Believe It Or Not. They enjoy stumping their friends with trivia and fun facts and Harmon has done substantial research to include many pop culture gems, but the lack of eye-catching graphics will turn off some young adult readers. This reviewer enjoyed the trivia and facts found in the book, but unless teens are cut-off from 21st century technologies due to a sustained power outage or are isolated with family members during a holiday period, teens will not gravitate towards this title. This is a purchase for larger libraries with substantial budgets. Reviewer: Charla Hollingsworth
Children's Literature - Kristi Bernard
Pop culture is alive and well in U.S. culture. Each year’s movies, music, books, and art are pinned to a pop culture category and left there for later review. We all have our coined phrases, often drawn from favorite movies and songs. Soon, like most things, they wear thin and are put away to make room for the next sensation or trend. There is no need to fret. “Super Pop” has brought all of those old favorites back to life. This lively collection is organized by five categories, thoughtfully referred to as “self-improvement” subjects. The intent is for the reader to feel good and learn something new. The first part of the book lists movies and television shows of all genres; readers are given interesting tidbits about the people behind the scenes, the actors, the directors, and the cultural aspects. Some old favorites are mentioned, such as Jacques Cousteau, South, Gorillas in the Mist, and Doctor Who. Newer mentions are Casino Royale, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Game of Thrones, and Downton Abbey. There is also a section with ten suggestions on how to fix pop culture. The interesting factoids that can be found within these pages are accompanied by cartoonlike drawings and black-and-white photos from movies. The back of the book has more resources for the reader, just in case they did not get enough information. According to Harmon, “There are a lot of things going on in this book. There are words, there are numbers, there are lists, there are illustrations, and there are probably some typos, too, but there are also, beneath and above all that, a genuine desire to turn readers on to exciting new things and underappreciated old things and to make entertainment edifying.” Readers will be entertained as they browse through the pages. Old and young alike will recognize many of their favorite bits of pop culture history. This is a lively and humorous read fit for any home library. Reviewer: Kristi Bernard; Ages 12 up.
School Library Journal
10/01/2013
Gr 7 Up—Highbrow mixes easily with lowbrow in this lively compilation of film, book, TV show, and video-game references. The "Cheat on Your Homework" list includes unlikely matched movies, Anna Karenina and Clueless. Ben Franklin, Richard Feynman, and Tina Fey make an appearance on the "Stand on the Shoulders of Giants" list. Scattered black-and-white cartoon illustrations don't support or detract from the text. Occasional themed spreads offer amusing dialogue bubbles, such as "Ten Essential Catchphrases for Use at Dinner Parties" (quoting the likes of Homer Simpson and Bugs Bunny), and "The Smartest Inanimate Objects in the History of Pop Culture," such as garden gnomes and couches. An extensive index might prove helpful in preparing for trivia meets, but the joy here is in wandering through these browsable lists. Fun and witty, historical and current, this volume will find an appreciative audience.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
For anyone who has ever felt the slightest bit deficient in their pop-culture expertise, here is the ultimate guide, guaranteed to fill any void. Harmon has put together a quirky, fun, wide-ranging guide to nearly 500 different books, films, podcasts, songs, television episodes, video games and more, sorting them into kooky top 10 lists. "Stop Being Such a Philistine: Easy Access Points to the World of High Art" includes Exit through the Gift Shop, a Banksy documentary directed by the subject; Amadeus (the movie); Barry Lyndon; a 2009 ad campaign for Levi's; and Beyoncé's "Countdown" video, among others. "Eat, Pray, Love, Spelunk: Tag Along on a Life-Changing Vacation" recommends the VICE Guide to Travel, a Web-based collection of video guides to such vacation getaways as Doha and Karachi; The Darjeeling Limited; David Foster Wallace's A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again (1997); and The Amazing Race Australia. Each entry receives a paragraph or two of annotation. It is particularly entertaining to see what seemingly completely disparate things wind up on the same list. Evil Dead and The Sound of Music? Field of Dreams and Persepolis? The bizarre choices will prompt many double takes and lots of laughter. A weird, witty, endlessly entertaining compendium for the budding pop-culture aficionado. (Nonfiction. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781936976362
Publisher:
Zest
Publication date:
06/04/2013
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
1180L (what's this?)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Daniel Harmon is the editorial director at Zest Books, and a longtime editor of pop culture projects for a variety of publishers. He is a former staff writer at Brokelyn.com, and the author of an essay about Tommy Wiseau’s film The Room, which was published in the anthology Cult Pop Culture (2011).

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Super Pop!: Pop Culture Top Ten Lists to Help You Win at Trivia, Survive in the Wild, and Make It Through the Holidays 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never usually give a bad review, but I wasn't feeling this book.
Brooke-The-Cover-Contessa More than 1 year ago
I want to thank Zest books for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review. Blurb from Goodreads: Super-Pop offers a maximum-pleasure, minimum-effort way to become smarter, happier, and more likely to survive your next family function (or a shark attack). This hilarious and wide-ranging guide sorts nearly 500 different bestsellers, blockbusters, and underappreciated gems into quirky top ten lists, like “Outwit Death: Essential Lessons in Survival,” and “Achieve Mindfulness: Movies That Will Show You the Way (With Wise Elders Now Included).” So whether you’re looking for some motivational workout music, need help planning a July 4th double feature, or just want to pick up some knowledge without straining your brain, this book has you covered. With new insights on old classics and fresh ideas for jaded eyes, Super Pop makes sense of pop culture – and then puts pop culture back to work! When Zest books approached me about reviewing this book, I jumped at the chance. I love trivia and anything to do with it. I love to learn stuff that I can use at a later date, that no one else might know. So this book was right up my ally for sure. First let me say that I love how the author has set this book up. It's topics with top tens lists throughout the entire book. It's broken into five parts: Be More Interesting, Get Smarter, Stop Doing It Wrong, Find Happiness, and Survive the holidays. Harmon even gives an introduction on what to expect and keeps his format of the tops tens list in that! So this book was fun to read. I could read just the headings, the entire paragraph, or just skip it and come back. Since there was no chronological order to this book, it was fun to kind of skip around and find out what each section was about first before diving in. My favorite section was Part IV: Find Happiness. I'm not totally sure why, but this section really got my juices flowing. Being an avid reader, I was especially happy with the Lose Yourself in a Good Story part. I could identify with quite a few of the stories listed, specifically Delirium by Lauren Oliver (which is a favorite of mine). And Pride and Prejudice, certainly one of my all time favorite classic writings, is also included. Harmon makes his sections funny and full of enjoyment. At the end of each part, he has a two page spread with little thought bubbles which are really quite fun to read. And Harmon makes it a point to show us that there is a lot of value in realizing the entertainment we watch, read, listen to. That these things can tell us something of our past and perhaps even help us to learn more about our future. The best part of this book is the pop culture aspect. This book has something for just about everyone, from the oldest to the youngest that would want to read it. So you learn things, and you also relate at the same time. I learned so many fun facts I didn't know. I was entertained and educated all at the same time. If you are addicted to lists, and trivia (fun facts) then this is the book for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Super Pop is a really fun book that's more than just top ten lists. I've never read lists like this before! They center around different topics, like "songs to melt your frozen heart" or ways to get into high art without going to a museum. But the lists aren't just movies only or books only--they're a mix of movies, book, podcasts, songs, and websites, youtube videos...there's a lot of stuff in there! I found great new recommendations in Super Pop!